FOXBORO -- It was neither a confirmation nor a denial.
Bill Belichick made himself available to reporters following the team's final mini-camp practice on Thursday, saying that he would take three questions.
Of the questions posed, one concerned the subject of a MMQB story written by Greg Bedard in which Browns coach Mike Pettine -- former defensive coordinator for the Jets -- alleged that the Patriots once were in possession of the Jets' defensive playbook.
Asked point blank about Pettine's comments and if the Patriots ever had a Jets playbook, Belichick responded: "You've gotta talk to Mike Pettine. I don't know."
Darrelle Revis, who of course played for the Jets until 2012, was asked if he knew anything about the Patriots possessing one of Rex Ryan's playbooks.
"No, I don't know anything about that," he said. "I don't know. I don't even know how to answer that. If they did, they did. If they didn't, they didn't. At that point, it really doesn't matter. You still need to go out there and game plan and compete and go out there and try and win the game."
In the MMQB story, Pettine told Bedard of the early version of the Browns' playbook: “I don’t put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”
Pettine told a story of how, at Wes Welker’s wedding, Tom Brady bragged a little bit to Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith, who was Welker’s college roommate, that the Patriots may or may not have had possession of a couple Jets defensive playbooks.
“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine says. “He gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘Don’t you know Saban and Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’s going to end up in New England.’”
Whether or not it ever did, we won't be finding out from Belichick.